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Punkin’ Chunkin’ Archery Challenge 12:30 pm
Punkin’ Chunkin’ Archery Challenge @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve, Dold Lake
Oct 1 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Pumpkin season has finally arrived. To celebrate, participants will test their archery skills in a different way by using pumpkins as targets. Cider and donuts will be included. Participants must have attended an HPD introductory archery session prior to this event and must use HPD archery equipment. Age: Required to be ages 9 and up Admission: Register with $13 per person by 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. An adult must accompany children ages 15 and under. Capacity: Maximum of 10 participants
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Pioneer Program for Preschoolers 10:00 am
Pioneer Program for Preschoolers @ Litzenberg Memorial Woods
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
A pioneer program for preschoolers will be held at Litzenberg Memorial Woods at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Oct. 2. The same program will be offered each time. Hikers will meet at the gatehouse before touring the 1847 McKinnis homestead and few some jobs pioneers did during the fall. Hands-on activities include grinding corn, pressing apples, churning butter and checking the garden for what is ready to harvest. After each stop, hikers will receive a sample. The free program is recommended for children 3-6 years old with an adult. Siblings may attend. No registration is necessary. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
Fall Plants That Come Up in the Spring 6:30 pm
Fall Plants That Come Up in the Spring @ Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Oct 2 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Master Gardener Patrick Flinn will present “Fall Plants That Come Up in the Spring” from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday in the Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library. Participants will learn about planting flowers, vegetables, fruit and nut trees, as well as landscaping plantings. Register at www.findlaylibrary.org or by calling 419-422-1712.
Amanda Vernon 7:00 pm
Amanda Vernon @ St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church
Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm
Internationally known recording artist Amanda Vernon will perform at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, 750 Bright Road. The free concert is open to the public and will include Vernon’s original music, along with sharing of the faith-filled stories behind the songs. Visit amandavernon.com for more information about the performer.
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Putnam County Extension Master Gardener Program 9:00 am
Putnam County Extension Master Gardener Program @ Putnam County OSU Extension Office
Oct 3 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Putnam County Extension office this year will be offering the Master Gardener training program, which provides intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities. Specialists from the Ohio State University will be teaching sessions along with some local experts. Topics will include botany, plant selection, landscaping with annuals and perennials, vegetable gardening, tree selection and identification, fruit tree care, pesticides, soils, and plant and insect identification. Classes will begin Oct. 3 and will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on consecutive Tuesdays through Nov. 21. The course fee is $125 per person or $150 per couple. Classes will be held at the Putnam County Extension office, 1206 E. Second St., Ottawa. Sign up by Thursday by calling 419-523-6294 or emailing meyer.524@osu.edu.
Winter Bark Tree Identification 6:30 pm
Winter Bark Tree Identification @ Bluffton Public Library
Oct 3 @ 6:30 pm
The Gardeners of the Bluffton/Pandora Area will host a free program on winter bark tree identification at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Bluffton Public Library. The speaker will be a Johnny Appleseed Park District naturalist.
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Full Moon Hike 7:30 pm
Full Moon Hike @ Shelter 6 in Riverbend Recreation Area
Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm
Hancock Park District staff will lead a full moon hike at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, beginning at Shelter 6 in Riverbend Recreation Area. The family program is free and requires no registration. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
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Growing Green Thumbs: McKinnis House Garden Preparation 10:00 am
Growing Green Thumbs: McKinnis House Garden Preparation @ McKinnis House Garden in Litzenberg Memorial Woods
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am
A program for youngsters 4-18 years old to prepare the McKinnis garden for winter will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Litzenberg Memorial Woods, as part of the Growing Green Thumbs program. A final garden harvest will be done, too. The free program requires registration online at www.HancockParks.com or at the Hancock Park District office by 1 p.m. Friday. Participants under 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Participants should bring their own work gloves. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
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Bluffton University Concert Band 2:30 pm
Bluffton University Concert Band @ Yoder Recital Hall at Bluffton University
Oct 8 @ 2:30 pm
The Bluffton University Concert Band will perform a show during its homecoming weekend. The band will play “Symphonic Suite” by Clifton Williams; Samuel Hazo’s “Southern Hymn”; “A Golden Celebration” by Brant Karrick; “Brighton Beach,” a concert march by William Latham; “Skyline” by Frank Gulino; and “Old Churches” by Michael Colgrass. Roy Couch, assistant professor of music, will conduct.
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Putnam County Extension Master Gardener Program 9:00 am
Putnam County Extension Master Gardener Program @ Putnam County OSU Extension Office
Oct 10 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Putnam County Extension office this year will be offering the Master Gardener training program, which provides intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities. Specialists from the Ohio State University will be teaching sessions along with some local experts. Topics will include botany, plant selection, landscaping with annuals and perennials, vegetable gardening, tree selection and identification, fruit tree care, pesticides, soils, and plant and insect identification. Classes will begin Oct. 3 and will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on consecutive Tuesdays through Nov. 21. The course fee is $125 per person or $150 per couple. Classes will be held at the Putnam County Extension office, 1206 E. Second St., Ottawa. Sign up by Thursday by calling 419-523-6294 or emailing meyer.524@osu.edu.
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Toledo Symphony Orchestra 8:00 pm
Toledo Symphony Orchestra @ St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church
Oct 12 @ 8:00 pm
The Toledo Symphony Orchestra will perform at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, 750 Bright Road, at 8 p.m. Thursday as part of its annual youth ministry fundraiser, IMPACT. The symphony program is meant to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The concert will include movements from Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 “Reformation.” Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and can be purchased at the church via cash and check only. A fundraising dinner catered by various area restaurants will precede the performance, beginning at 6:30. Tickets are $100 each and include admission to the symphony concert. Visit www.findlaystmichael.org or call 419-422-4246 for more information.
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Nature Walk 1:30 pm
Nature Walk @ Lawrence Woods
Oct 14 @ 1:30 pm
The Tri-Moraine Audubon Society and Johnny Appleseed Park District will host a free nature walk at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in Lawrence Woods, 13278 County Road 190, Kenton. Lawrence Woods is a 1,000-acre forest in Hardin County known for large, mature trees in swamp forests. Participants will carpool from Lima and are expected to return to the city by 4:30 p.m. Visit www.tri-moraineaudubon.org for more information.
Riverbend Hayrides 2:00 pm
Riverbend Hayrides @ Riverbend Recreation Area - Shelter 2
Oct 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tractor-pulled hayrides through Riverbend Recreation Area will be held at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, beginning at Shelter 2. Light refreshments will be available. The family event requires online registration at www.HancockParks.com, or in-person registration at the Hancock Park District office, 1424 E. Main Cross St., with time preference. Cost is $5 per participant, payable by 4:30 p.m. Oct. 12. The rides will be held with a minimum of 10 and maximum of 25 individuals per ride. For more information, call the park district at 419-425-7275.
Ethereal Connections 7:30 pm
Ethereal Connections @ Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center
Oct 14 @ 7:30 pm
The Lima Symphony Orchestra will fuse modern and traditional music in an outer space-themed season opener, Ethereal Connections. Mason Bates’ electrifying and magnetically charged contemporary piece “Mothership” carries a techno dance-pulse that merges with traditional symphonic style; Lima Symphony’s Artistic Director, Crafton Beck, composed the tender and thoughtful “Passages”; and Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” is at times contemplative, serene, and benevolent, juxtaposing forceful, tempestuous musical waves and evocative visual images. Single tickets available online Aug. 31.
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Harvest the Past 1:00 pm
Harvest the Past @ Litzenberg Memorial Woods
Oct 15 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
“Harvest the Past,” the annual Hancock Park District event, will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Litzenberg Memorial Woods and farm park. There will be baking in the 1847 McKinnis House with apple turnovers and stew cooking on the stove. The garden shed will feature a farmers market and extras from the garden will be available for a donation. Chad Hazelton of Ada will have farm animals to view, while popcorn and cider will be available in the Activity Barn, which will feature period music, too. In the medicinal tent visitors can spin the wheel of sickness to learn more about illnesses and remedies of the 1840s. There will be an artisans tent with individuals selling some of their wares. The family event is free and requires no registration. For more information, call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
Barbara Lister-Sink 3:00 pm
Barbara Lister-Sink @ First Presbyterian Church
Oct 15 @ 3:00 pm
Barbara Lister-Sink will present a concert in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church as part of its 2017 Artist Series. A renowned pianist and artist-in-residence at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, she will play pieces from the solo piano genre, including many favorites from Beethoven, Mozart and Liszt. Known for her tone and musicianship, reviews describe her as “extraordinary” and “masterful.” A free-will offering will be received.
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Wee Ones: Spiders 10:00 am
Wee Ones: Spiders @ Richard S. “Doc” Phillips Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Oct 16 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
“Wee Ones: Spiders” will be held at Oakwoods Nature Preserve’s Richard S. “Doc” Phillips Discovery Center at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday. Children will read a story about spiders, make spider-inspired crafts and learn that arachnids aren’t so scary after all. The program is recommended for ages 3 and under, with an adult. Other siblings also are welcome to attend. Registration is not required. The preserve is located off Hancock County 144 west of Findlay.
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Putnam County Extension Master Gardener Program 9:00 am
Putnam County Extension Master Gardener Program @ Putnam County OSU Extension Office
Oct 17 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Putnam County Extension office this year will be offering the Master Gardener training program, which provides intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities. Specialists from the Ohio State University will be teaching sessions along with some local experts. Topics will include botany, plant selection, landscaping with annuals and perennials, vegetable gardening, tree selection and identification, fruit tree care, pesticides, soils, and plant and insect identification. Classes will begin Oct. 3 and will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on consecutive Tuesdays through Nov. 21. The course fee is $125 per person or $150 per couple. Classes will be held at the Putnam County Extension office, 1206 E. Second St., Ottawa. Sign up by Thursday by calling 419-523-6294 or emailing meyer.524@osu.edu.
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BGSU New Music and Art Festival
BGSU New Music and Art Festival @ Bowling Green State University
Oct 18 – Oct 21 all-day
The 38th annual Bowling Green State University New Music and Art Festival will showcase the work of more than 30 guest composers and performers and includes concerts, composer talks and an art exhibition and lecture. Featured guests include composers Steven Mackey and Sarah Kirkland Snider, Chicago-based ensemble Latitude 49, and vocalist Shara Nova. The 8 p.m. Oct. 21 concert is $7, all other events are free. For a complete schedule of events, visit festival.bgsu.edu or contact the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at 419-372-2685.
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Aiming for Archery 8:30 am
Aiming for Archery @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve, Dold Lake
Oct 21 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Youngsters can learn archery during a program Saturday at the Dold Lake archery area in Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Those 10-14 years old will participate from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and those 15-17 years old will meet from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Archery basics will be presented by a certified archery instructor. The program is part of Hancock Park District’s leisure education initiative which provides outdoor recreation instruction on a variety of activities. Registration is $10 per person and can be made online at www.HancockParks.com under “Programs and Activities” tab, or in-person at the park district offices, 1424 E. Main Cross St., by 4 p.m. Oct. 20. For more information, call the park district at 419-425-7275.
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Putnam County Extension Master Gardener Program 9:00 am
Putnam County Extension Master Gardener Program @ Putnam County OSU Extension Office
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Putnam County Extension office this year will be offering the Master Gardener training program, which provides intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities. Specialists from the Ohio State University will be teaching sessions along with some local experts. Topics will include botany, plant selection, landscaping with annuals and perennials, vegetable gardening, tree selection and identification, fruit tree care, pesticides, soils, and plant and insect identification. Classes will begin Oct. 3 and will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on consecutive Tuesdays through Nov. 21. The course fee is $125 per person or $150 per couple. Classes will be held at the Putnam County Extension office, 1206 E. Second St., Ottawa. Sign up by Thursday by calling 419-523-6294 or emailing meyer.524@osu.edu.
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Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama and The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet 7:30 pm
Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama and The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm
The Marathon Center for the Performing Arts will welcome Irma Thomas, the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet for the Heart and Soul Queen of New Orleans tour at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25. Tickets range from $35 to $55 and can be purchased at the Marathon Center’s box office, at marathoncenterarts.org, or by calling 419-423-2787. Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. According to Allmusic.com, Irma Thomas was dubbed the “unrivaled Soul Queen of New Orleans” by the city officials. Her recordings include “You Can Have My Husband (But Don’t Mess with My Man),” “It’s Raining,” “Ruler of My Heart,” “Break-a-Way,” “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand),” and “Time Is on My Side,” which went on to become a hit for the Rolling Stones. With a recording career spanning 58 years, she won her first Grammy Award when her 2006 album, “After the Rain,” was named best contemporary blues album. As Don McLeese wrote in his review of that album, “Most singers who have been recording as long as Thomas resort to tricks, mannerisms, and show-off displays, but she remains the anti-diva, a stylist of exquisite understatement whose every note rings true and hits home.” Hailed as “gospel titans” by Rolling Stone, the Blind Boys of Alabama first rose to fame in the segregated South with their vocal harmonies and roof-raising live show. They released their debut single, “I Can See Everybody’s Mother But Mine” on the iconic Veejay label in 1948, launching a 70-year recording career that would see them rack up five Grammy Awards, enter the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, collaborate with everyone from Mavis Staples and Stevie Wonder to Prince and Lou Reed, and perform on the world’s most prestigious stages. Their latest album, “Almost Home,” grew out of the recognition that the band’s original lineup is down to just two remaining survivors: longtime group leader Clarence Fountain and current leader Jimmy Carter. Both men were born in Alabama during the Great Depression, and while Carter is still active and regularly touring with the group, Fountain’s health precludes him from traveling much these days, though he does appear on the album. The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet represents a tradition that started in 1961 when Preservation Hall first opened in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The band comprises some of the most revered alumni of the hall, many of whom have toured the world with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for decades. For more information, visit www.allmusic.com and www.blindboys.com.
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Putnam County Extension Master Gardener Program 9:00 am
Putnam County Extension Master Gardener Program @ Putnam County OSU Extension Office
Oct 31 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Putnam County Extension office this year will be offering the Master Gardener training program, which provides intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities. Specialists from the Ohio State University will be teaching sessions along with some local experts. Topics will include botany, plant selection, landscaping with annuals and perennials, vegetable gardening, tree selection and identification, fruit tree care, pesticides, soils, and plant and insect identification. Classes will begin Oct. 3 and will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on consecutive Tuesdays through Nov. 21. The course fee is $125 per person or $150 per couple. Classes will be held at the Putnam County Extension office, 1206 E. Second St., Ottawa. Sign up by Thursday by calling 419-523-6294 or emailing meyer.524@osu.edu.

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